The Scented Hound

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Chanel 1957

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WHAT I SMELL:  Chanel 1957 opens with a bright and sparkling warmed bergamot that is quickly met with a soft and slightly creamy iris tinged with citrus.  It’s so pretty, rather ethereal and incredibly inviting.  In short time the perfume begins to powder and grow, but without giving up it’s soft demeanor.  The perfume seems to radiate around an inch off of the skin where it feels as if you’re snuggling your nose up against the soft fur of the underbelly of a kitten.  The florals are sweetened in the lightest of ways on top of a tempered wood and the musk is lush and full without suffocating all other aspects of this soft and pretty dream of a perfume.  1957 is probably one of the prettiest perfumes in the Chanel collection of fragrances, albeit rather linear in development.  It’s perfectly uncomplicated and I love it.

From the Chanel website:

In 1957, Coco Chanel was rewarded for her world-renowned talent and audacity to seize, reinvent and magnify rare materials. The 1957 fragrance embodies this spirit, which is signature to the heart of every CHANEL creation.

A sensual accord of white musk is delicately fashioned with floral notes of bergamot, iris and neroli, woody notes of cedar, powdery accents and a hint of honey. A luminous scent, a statement to the timeless style of CHANEL.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Audrey Hepburn in “Funny Face” 1957.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE 1957: delightful, easy, happy

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT 1957:  CaFleureBon, Chemist in the Bottle, The Black Narcissus

BOTTOM LINE:  1957 is another Chanel that is so wonderfully beautiful in its’ simplicity and for it ease of wear.  And even though the name is 1957, there’s something timeless about this beauty of a perfume.  There really is an art to making a perfume so ethereally uncomplicated, yet refined.

  • Bone Rating:  4.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Aromatic
  • Nose:  Olivier Polge
  • Classification: Leans feminine
  • Expense: $250 for 2.5 oz. eau de parfum

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

4 thoughts on “Chanel 1957

  1. How did I miss this one? Sounds lovely 😍

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    • Hola Ricky – I’m not one for musk fragrances, but this is in a class by itself. Chanel does easy to wear better than anyone else and this is no exception in the least. Hope you get to check it out. I am thinking I’m going to have to get a bottle myself 🙂

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  2. This one grew on me, as I tried it a few times in the store. I would love a bottle, but am distracted by other things. Even though I didn’t smell it on myself much when I sampled it, when I did get the occasional sniff it was really delightful.

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    • Hi Cynthia. I’m with you, it’s not an instant…WOW. Instead, after several wears you realize just how wonderfully delightfully easy and pretty it is. I would say it’s a fun, elegant, I can wear it anywhere and any day perfume.

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